The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, via their lawyers, have written a letter to the PA DEP regarding Williams's plans for air pollution generated by the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. In part, it reads:
"Air quality in Lancaster County is already a grave concern. The American Lung Association gave Lancaster a failing grade for short-term particle pollution – it is the 12th worst municipality in the country – and a “C” for ozone pollution. The level of pollution in our county poses health risks to our residents, especially children, the elderly, and those with respiratory conditions. Particle pollution can cause asthma, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. Transco is proposing to add more than 100 tons of pollution to our already toxic air, and it should not be allowed to do so, especially on the basis of questionable calculations and modeling."
The PA DEP held a public hearing on Monday, August 14, to discuss the plan to "offset" pollutants from construction of the pipeline with credits it received from a site in Maryland. Members of various groups along the path of the pipeline walked out of the meeting because they no longer trust the PA DEP's willingness to hear their concerns or protect them from Williams. More than 125 residents stood up in the middle of the meeting--after a statement was read--and walked out of the hearing. They held a "people's hearing" in the parking lot.